On August 9th, feast of St. Edith Stein, Sr. Maria Mater Cruci Corde Affixa Ganzenmuller, SSVM (left) and Sr. Mary Mother of Divine Innocence Megargale, SSVM (right) professed their perpetual vows of Poverty, Chastity, Obedience and Marian Slavery at the Monastery of the Precious Blood in Brooklyn.  His Excellency Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, presided over the Holy Mass and placed the wedding rings on the fingers of the sisters–insignia of the Spouse of Christ who gives herself entirely to Christ.

Many IVE priests and diocesan priests were concelebrants for the Holy Mass which marked not only the perpetual profession of two contemplative sisters, but also the patronal feast day of the SSVM contemplative community of the Monastery of St. Edith Stein.prostration.litany.of.the.saints

The gift of self made by a religious sister in her perpetual profession is symbolized by the prostration during the litany of the saints.  The sisters also receive a crown of flowers to indicate their hope for the victory of virginity and the joy of their Heavenly

Many friends, relatives, and apostolic sisters came to the Holy Mass to share the joy of the day and show their support for the contemplative life. Guests included friends from Sr. Innocence’s home state of Michigan, and from Sr. Mater Cruci’s far Upstate home of Buffalo.  There were also a number of visiting missionary sisters who were traveling on Mission Appeals and spiritual exercises who had come from as far away as: Gaza, Egypt, Papua New Guinea and Holland.  A truly family celebration!



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Two more sisters entered into the contemplative branch of our institute at the Monastery of St. Edith Stein over the summer.

Sr. Maria Ina Ng Awa (“Mary Mother of Peace” in Tagolog), originally from the Philippines, entered on the vigil of the Sacred Heart in June after completing her studies in Italy.

On the Transfiguration in August, the first Egyptian sister to enter the contemplative branch of our Institute entered: Sr. Mariam al-Habiba (“Mary the Beloved” in Arabic).  Most of her family living in South Carolina were able to be present for the entrance.  We congratulate these two sisters as they begin their monastic lives.

St. Edith Stein, pray for us!
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